Mel Brooks, whose enduring friendship with the late Carl Reiner started in 1950, has paid tribute to his “best friend” and Your Show of Shows costar. Reiner died on Monday at age 98.
“Carl was a giant, unmatched in his contributions to entertainment,” Brooks shared in a put up on Twitter. “He created comedy gems like The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Jerk, and Where’s Poppa?“
Brooks mentioned they met in 1950 on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows. “We’ve been best friends ever since,” he added. “I loved him.” It was whereas engaged on Your Show of Shows that the pair started crafting some of the well-known comedy routines of all time, “2000 Year Old Man,” the place Reiner performed a straight-man TV interviewer talking with a really outdated man performed by Brooks.
“When we were doing the ‘2000 Year Old Man’ together, there was no better straight man in the world,” Brooks wrote in his tribute. “So whether he wrote or performed or he was just your best friend — nobody could do it better.”
The first album from their bit was launched in 1960, and 4 extra albums adopted based mostly on their long-running routine. Their final LP, 1998’s The 2000 Year Old Man within the Year 2000, received the Grammy for Spoken Comedy Album. In 1975, their bit additionally served as the premise for an animated comedy particular.
“He will be greatly missed,” Brooks concluded in his heartfelt homage to Reiner.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) June 30, 2020